Art #18 | Night Shift Brewing

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Art #18Art #18

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oak aged blend of Berliner Weisse beers & brett beers. 25% raspberry berliner (Art 5.5), 25% Somer Weisse, 50 % brett ale, 100% barrel aged. Sour, fruity and citrusy!

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 125
Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sheldon for bringing this to March Madness 2015. Gearing up for March Madness 2017 as I write this review.

Comes across an interesting color, a darker orange, I was expecting pink in this one, but no. I guess I focused on that raspberry reference on the sticker first and foremost since they listed it that way. Good mild bretty notes and berry, dusty yet fresh.

Taste, drops a good mixture of brett dryness perceptible moreso on the backend, (or mouth feel) with berry dust, tart and sour. Seems more like a golden base, but the color says there is more malt wise going on. Plenty of carbonation and a little less acidity.

I dunno what the availability on things like this are, but if it was ~$20 and on a shelf, I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3/10/14 vintage. Pours a hazy, burnt orange with a loose head that quickly dissipates into a soapy slick. Nose expresses spice, berries and citric acid. Taste follows nose; however, the flavor profile is more appealing - citric acid and raspberry notes are also revealed. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation - pleasantly cared and acidic. Overall, a very interesting beer. Probably one of the best beers I've had from Nightshift to date.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Big creamy fizzy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace, hint of lacing, hazy dark orange slight tan color.

Nose is interesting, lots of tart sour funk, very fruit but hard to nail too much, light strawberry notes, general berry seed like, nice Brett funk, hint vinous like barrel notes, sour acidity.

Taste starts quite sour and acidic, big acetic acid, tangy funk, mild Brett funk, sour fruit, hint of strawberry and generic berry, little raspberry seed, earthy funk, vinous notes, musty. Finish brings more acidity, little tannic berry seed, more Brett funk, etc.

Mouth is med bod, nice effervescent carb, big acidity.

Overall decent, nothing special, fairly sour, decent funk, light strawberry, wish there was more, well any, barrel.

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Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros. Received in a trade.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear honey hue with a thin head that fades quickly to leave thin halo with a good cloud.

S - Aromas of raspberries, strawberries, brett funk, acid vinegar. Mostly it.

T - Taste is quite acidic, raspberry seeds, faint strawberries. Decent maybe second fill barrel notes. Very little funk to...Very acidic.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, tart, crisp.

O - Overall this beer was good, acidic, decent funk, Nice fruit. Solid

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Thanks to Chris F. for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Bottled on: 3/10/14.

Pours a murky honey orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a nice blend of different beers that create solid sour fruit qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is juicy, tart, and funky. It is the best beer I've had from NS. It takes all the best qualities of their Berliner series, smooths them out a bit, and adds a pop with the Brett. I got nice well rounded fresh raspberry flavors with a tartness and light lemony quality from the Somer, but the blending with the Brett base really makes this beer almost sparkling in mouthfeel. The carb really helps the flavors pop. Just delicious.

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Photo of Florida9
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Sort of a peachy yellow in color. Mostly clear on the first pour. Mostly cloudy on the last pour. Forms a modest sized off white head that reduces to a thin, but stable, surface coating. Very light lacing.

S: Aroma is noticeably tart, though there is an underlying sweetness to the beer. Sour fruits, lemon, and berries. Slightly vinous in character. Light oak notes.

T: The first sip of this beer has an aggressive lactic sourness to it, but it seems to calm down on subsequent sips revealing a sweet-sour beer. Lemon and raspberry fruitiness with a light "grandma's basement" funk on the back end. Hints of wheat. Finish is sweet.

M: On the lighter side of medium. As noted above there is a distinct sourness to the beer, but there is also a sweetness that helps to tone down the sour quality. Medium-heavy carbonation. Slight bitterness on the back end.

O: A nice hybrid style offering up a range of complimenting flavors along with more than a just a bit of sweet and sour. Personally, I was hoping for more Brett character, but I'm not the brewer and this isn't my beer. Still, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy amber/copper/slightly pink, with a small head of eggshell white and miniscule bubbles with very little retention. In body, the beer is very murky, but still slightly translucent, with a thick cloudiness veiling the beer. No particles seem to be present in the beer, but overall it is not the prettiest thing to look at. On the nose, the beer smells funky yet mild. Oak, vinegar, slight tart yogurt, and even a little fruity syrupiness cross the nose. The smell is subtle, yet endearing in its soft complexity. On the tongue, the beer begins as puckeringly tart and stays nicely sour through the sip. Fruity sweetness blends in early on, and the finish of the beer brings in soft tannic bitters and citrus along with a little bit of wheat malt sweetness. In flavor the beer begins sour raspberry syrup and generic citrus juice. Subtle pineapple can be sensed towards the middle of the sip, and eventually soft oak, vanilla, wheat flake, yogurt, and very faint lemon flavors cross the palate. The finish gives a nice kick of wheat malt balance. As a whole, I see each bit of the barrel aging, but I don’t feel that the blend worked as well as was hoped. The flavors are all subdued and subtle, but none of them fully mesh with each other to bring forward new complexity. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a prickly fierce carbonation that tickles across the tongue. Mouthfeel is thinly syrupy, with a gelling feel in the middle of the tongue. Overall, the beer was a nice subtle wild, but was a bit restrained and a bit muddled in terms of the beers used in the blend. This is not a horrible wild ale, it’s just muddled in terms of the components that went in.

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Photo of Davelucas88
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at Funk'd Citra bottle release and again at EBF.
Out of all the wild ales at EBF this bad ass barrel aged sour blend was among the top wild ales there. Sour and balanced. Again, has a very distinct flavor with a big tart/sour bite that Night Shift brews have been come to known as.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Orangish body with hints of gold at the thin part of the glass and hints of amber at the thickest part. Thin, bubbly white head that disappears quickly, but leaves a ring of white bubbles around the edges.

S- Tart raspberries, lemon, sour funk, earthiness, slight hint of toasted oak.

T- Lemon and raspberry come first, with lots of tartness up front. Bretty earthiness comes in towards the middle with some toasty oak. Some sweetness throughout along with a great grassy/herbal note.

M- Medium-high carbonation, puckering tartness, but not to the point of it being a burden. Rather dry finish with a lasting sour coating on the tongue.

O- Had this on tap at the brewery and the bottle is just as good. A great sour with layers of flavor and great drinkability.

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Art #18 from Night Shift Brewing
4.17 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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